A Brief History On Uma Wang
Since its inception in 2009, Uma Wang’s eponymous label has been greeted with enormous fanfare. Showcasing runway collections in Shanghai, London, Milan, and Paris, Wang establishes her dominance in the Chinese fashion scene.
First graduating from Chinese Textile University in Shanghai, Uma Wang continued her training in London at the renowned institute Central Saint Martins. From 2005 until the launch of her own label, Wang honed her patternmaking skills as an in-house designer for multiple homegrown labels.
Wang’s rise to prominence is thanks to her creative and unabashed patternmaking prowess, producing long, loose, flowing garments with or without structure that drape beautifully on the body. Her attention to detail and design ethos combines elegance and wearability into pieces which both catches the eye and announces uniqueness.
STEEL FRAME SUNGLASSES
As part of her Spring 2019 collection Uma Wang collaborated with Hong Kong-based avant-garde eyewear label Rigards for a line of beautifully offbeat sunglasses. These pieces feature an unassuming steel frame with tension-adjustable arms and round full moon lenses. Most distinct are the swivel peripheral guards with their rough textured finish, almost as if carved out of rock.
Sporting a relaxed fit, the double-breasted Kaira Jacket hangs off the shoulders in signature Uma Wang fashion, with loose sleeves that end on the wearer’s knuckles and an elegant single-vented construction. In line with Wang’s unique take on patterning, this jacket is finished with a vibrantly coloured floral design.
Not one to shy from colour, Uma Wang boldly drapes the wearer in vivid holds and pinks. With a luxurious blend of viscose and cupro this shirt dress floats delicately on the body and gently flows as the wearer moves. Utilising long vertical stripes to accentuate the height, Wang flatters her audience while bringing them into the spotlight.
A classic piece of any Uma Wang collection, the leather ballet shoes takes on the distinctive ‘pointe’ style with a flat toe box and simple crossed elastic straps. Lining the opening is a simple layered pattern of peaks and holes, reminiscent of the traditional wingtip derby motif.
Here Uma Wang revisits the classic slip dress, with a cutting that clings lightly to the bust and carefully flares out past the hips to the weather’s ankles, creating a flowing silhouette that exudes modesty and elegance. Simple raw hems and uneven speckled dye work complete the Wang aesthetic by introducing a distressed feel to the garment.
Though similar in design to the Anaya dress, the Aba dress instead opts for a showier approach with a flared pleated bottom. This contrasting detail adds volume to the legs and allows the garment to work as a standalone piece. The gold and peach floral motif is a timeless take on traditional print and displays Wang’s adoration of details and colours.
Taking inspiration from the classic mule, Uma Wang creates a slipper that perfectly complements her clothing. Though straightforward in design, this footwear gives a rustic Middle-Eastern elegance to an Uma Wang outfit with the sharp toe box and the upper sitting firmly on the ankle.